San Antonio's Rockstar Turned Realtor®: Where do I start? At the end of course.

Where do I start? At the end of course.

Red Sky at Night...End.  Beginning.  Beginning.  End.

Life.  Death.  Endless circles...alright, I'll cut the nonsense.  I'm here to wish you all farewell.  I'm leaving ActiveRain.  My reasons are varied, but none are earth shattering.  There is no sudden "I hate ActiveRain" swagger down here in San Antonio.  No, in fact I leave with good memories of my time here.  From meeting new friends, to learning new things, to debating with some of the best of them on the issues that our industry faces everyday.  I've loved all (well, almost all) of my time here.

I credit ActiveRain with really helping me find a voice in real estate blogging...the voice was mine, but the platform was ActiveRain (although I must credit AgentGenius for really giving me my first blogging opportunities).  I grew up a lot here in ActiveRain - figuring out who I wanted to be as a real estate agent and gained a bit of notoriety doing it.  My posts here have gained me attention in many different circles - from our industry to the press to consumers.

My leaving is not a reflection on the company (although until they remove the check photos, I will continue to have a problem with the message they are sending) and I wish them nothing but continued success, particularly as they transition to their new form without Jon.  As for the staff, past and present, I hope to meet you all somewhere down the line - some of you have been more than just the "people that work at ActiveRain" and far exceeded my expectations many times.  As for the connections with agents and others in our industry - I'll always value those and I hope you'll continue to say hello and offer your thoughts on my other blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else is yet to be invented.

There's a million places you can find me online and soon there will be more.  As I focus my energy, I truly do hope to see you all out there in the great world wide web (do they still call it that?).

I wrote my first blog here on November 3, 2008.  The title?  "A new day is dawning..."  I thought the photo I selected for my last post might make up for the lack of one in my first.  A circle if you will.  End.  Beginning.  Beginning.  End.

From that very same article, a quote:

I like to share what I know, learn what I don't, and mull over everything in between.

I think I lived up to that quote quite well and I give you my promise to continue to do so.


I'm sure some people might speculate that I am leaving to pursue some project outside of real estate, but I'm not.  I'm still here, right where I've always been.  My shift in focus is designed to concentrate my activities and thoughts into a more powerful stream.  There will still be multiple blogs, but some uses of my time and brain power had to be evaluated, judged, and weighed on the scale.  RErockstar will continue on, much as it probably will for many, many years.  San Antonio Rocks will continue to be a view into the city I call home.  "I saw it in San Antonio." will continue to show bits and pieces of my life through my iPhone.  But there is more.  Some of it quietly revealed recently on Facebook, some of it merely hinted at.  I have much more to get out of this skull of mine, so expect to hear'll just have to be listening in the right places.

photo courtesy of law_keven

I don't know what will happen to my posts, but I have backed them all up.  I guess after I pass the 90 day mark, my account will cease to exist and the lights will go dark.  It'll be a bit melancholy when it happens, but I'll make it just fine.

Comment balloon 22 commentsMatt Stigliano • April 19 2011 10:24PM


Matt - I can't approve this change. Sorry, sir... I just can't condone this change.

Posted by Alan May, A moving experience! (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Best wishes. For what it's worth, you were one of the first blogs I subscribed to.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) almost 10 years ago

Best wishes and hope to find you out and about on the big WWW

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 10 years ago

Matt, I am a subscriber and will miss you.  Maybe you might just write a post every month or so and keep this blog alive?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 10 years ago

Wishing you all the best Matt. Look forward to seeing you rocking on outside the rain.

Posted by Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) almost 10 years ago

Matt, as a new subscriber I would like to know what the heck you are trying to accomplish?

Posted by Pat and Ed Okenica, Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate (DRAKE REALTY Lake Oconee Ga) almost 10 years ago

Alan - Trust me, it will be well worth it.

Doug - Thanks.  That's a pretty awesome compliment.

Martha - As a friend of mine recently said on Twitter: "I'm beginning to think that @ has been to the end of the internet on multiple occasions lol"  You can not escape me on the internet, I've been to one side and back again.

Virginia - If you look at the past few months, you'll see that I was writing posts here and there to keep it alive.  Unfortunately, I didn't think it was doing the blog justice.  I don't want to just write something because I have to.  I want to write something because I absolutely need to.

For those of you not feint at heart, you can also visit my non-real estate blog, Recovering Rockstar.  It delves into some of dark recesses of rock and roll though, so consider yourself warned.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 10 years ago

I'm sad to read this as I've always looked forward towards the stories/ blog you shared. But never mind, I know where else to find you.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 10 years ago

Matt, I'm a subscriber to and will miss your posts and great insight!  Best wishes to you in all your endeavors!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 10 years ago

you know, strangely enough... I do trust you.  But I don't do well with change.

Posted by Alan May, A moving experience! (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Mike - Thank you.  Much already exists outside of here that built concurrently, it is time to refocus on those things.

Pat or Ed - Releasing my self of the guilt of not finding enough time to blog at ActiveRain is part of it.  I also thought my writing was being diluted as I tried to spread ideas thin and make them work on several different platforms.  I'm also focusing on my core audience of local San Antonians and while ActiveRain does attract consumers, my personal numbers have always been better on my other site when it comes to consumers.  I will still write here and there for other platforms when I need to get some real estate theory or controversy out of my head (The Devil's Avocado blog at TheHipRoof being a great example of that).

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 10 years ago

Hi Matt...Well, I didn't expect to read this tonight but all I can say is you will be missed in the Rain.  Enjoy yourself whatever you do whereever you do it.


P.S.  You can always come back someday.

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Matt- There is a time and a season for every purpose. I wish you God Speed on all your projects, existing and the ones still in your head. :) See you on the net! Katerina

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 10 years ago

You won't cease to exist when you pass the 90 day mark. Your posts will still live here in public and your profile will still do the same. The only one that can/will pull the plug on those is you.

We'll see you around online somewhere else I'm sure.

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) almost 10 years ago


I have been a subscriber for a while now and I can say that you will be missed here in the Rain.  Best of luck sir and I will be looking for you elsewhere on the web.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Matt, I too am sorry to read this today.  You've been a mainstay here in the rain for a long time.  I'm with Alan, I don't like this kind of change, but do respect your decision.  You know you'll never 'go dark' to your friends here.  Keep us posted!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 10 years ago

Mike - Thanks.  If there's one thing I always promise to do, it is to keep rocking, no matter what.

Pat and Ed - I've been here for over two years and enjoyed my time here.  I have also always ran my own self-hosted blogs (there have been/always will be several) and contributed to others as well.  My goal on ActiveRain was to "cut my blogging teeth" so to speak and get myself writing more (I had blogged in the past in my time in the music industry).  I feel I've accomplished that task and found that I wasn't posting to ActiveRain as much.  I have a great following outside here, so I'm consolidating some of my blogging efforts and narrowing my focus in my blogging efforts.  While I do find many articles on here that are worthy of reading and commenting on, I felt that the time I was using to be here was taking time away from further development of my own blogging resources.  Not in a bad way, like I said, just narrowing my focus.

You can keep up with me at (my main site), my soon to be announced blog, "I saw it in San Antonio." (my photo blog), the aforementioned RecoveringRockstar, or my Facebook pages; All Access Pass to San Antonio Real Estate and San Antonio Rocks.

Loreena - I'll miss the instant gratification of posting here, but like you said - you know where to find me!

DeeDee - Feel free to drop by my other blogs, they'll contain all my thoughts from here on out.

Alan - I've made a lot of changes in my life over the past year.  It's been good, it's been tough; but in the end, I know it's all for the right reasons.

Kate - As Bob mentions a few comments later, it looks like the door is always open.

Katerina - Don't get me started on the ones still in my head.  Yikes!

Bob - Thanks for the clarification.  We will see each other around no doubt.  I owe you a phone call!

Don - Appreciated.  I will miss it some ways, but I have big accomplishments ahead of me!

Pamela - Thanks.  You all make me feel sad and guilty!  Haha.  No seriously, I will miss it in it's own special way, but the tasks before me require much concentration and effort.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 10 years ago

Hey, Matt.  Best wishes in your new ventures.  I'm excited for you.

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) over 9 years ago

Matt - I hope we catch up as well !  I was wondering what was going on !  You are the man and an inspiration to me as well.  ~ Chris

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) over 9 years ago

Oh, Matt, say it ain't so Joe. Please visit me on AG. You are my compadre - my rockstar alter ego. You're the man, the mind, the mensch, the mentor, the motivator. You can run, but you can't hide...I'll find you, you know!

Posted by Gwen Banta (Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago


While I was not a subscriber (and that's why I am so late to comment here), I am very upset that you are leaving.

Lately I am questioning myself more and more on what I think is the loss of vision for AR. And yes, those smiling photos with a check is such a turn off. I would be ashamed to be there. It boils down the platform to a check, and I joined it for anything but a check

Eventually the name got out and I even started getting business, but it was a byproduct.

the minute they tout AR as a product to get business, it is when people figure that they can get more business and better business outside of AR.

I think AR statrted with laying golden eggs, and now does not see the value in golden eggs and is trying to promote a mediocre omlette

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Hey, Matt, I just stopped by to see what you were up to since I hadn't seen you for a while. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago